Pastor Luke grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore MD. He got his BFA in Children’s book illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Although Luke had heard the Gospel during his childhood and assumed he was a Christian, it was during his first year of art school that Jesus used a campus study and an invitation to a local church to challenge Luke’s complacency. During that time, Luke began to realize what the good news about Jesus’ coming to earth, bearing our sin, dying and rising again, really meant for him.
After art school he earned his MDIV from Westminster Theological Seminary. During seminary Luke met and married Debra Joy. Debra has her BS from Drew University in biology and her MA in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania. Luke and Debra were married December 28, 2002 and have four boys: Thomas Obadiah, Nathaniel John, Andrew Adam, and Jeremiah James. Also during seminary Luke taught Bible classes at an inner-city Christian high school. Since then he has worked at Starbucks, pastored a PCA church in North Dakota, and led a college ministry at an Evangelical Free Church.
Luke is so thankful for the patient grace of Jesus (he needs it every day!). He loves to see Jesus in all the Scriptures and wants to learn to live more fully in light of the cross in the details of his heart and life and help others to do the same. Luke spends most of his free time playing with Legos and Nerf guns or reading children’s books (all with his four sons).
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Joe Madden received a master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois, where he met his wife, Molly. He continues to perform in orchestras in East Central Illinois, including the Heartland Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, and others. After serving as Executive Director of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Joe now works in advancement for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois.
At All Souls, Joe's role allows him to collaborate with church leaders and our talented musicians as we seek to sing and play music that is theologically sound, culturally connected, and historically rooted.
Born in Chicago and raised in a small town in northern Illinois, Scott and his wife have two daughters, one son-in-law and one granddaughter. He attended the University of Illinois, studying architecture and civil/structural engineering. He has worked as a licensed structural engineer for over 30 years. He has served in various leadership roles in the local Bible Study Fellowship class, as well as in the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. Scott’s hobbies include following Illinois sports, and the Cubs, and fishing.
Scott feels blessed to be a part of All Souls and looks forward to the continued ways God will work in Champaign-Urbana.
David Thies is a “townie.”
Born and raised in Urbana, David attended the U of I for both undergrad and law school. He married a Champaign native, Jodie, and together they have raised their four children. Today, David continues his 40 year practice of law as well as his involvement in the Champaign-Urbana community. In 1983, David began a lengthy involvement in the local men’s class of Bible Study Fellowship, including serving as its Teaching Leader for 14 years.
David considers himself blessed to serve at All Souls and loves watching God at work in our congregation and community.